Africa

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Global Hit - Saba

Next week a new CD will come out by an Italy-based singer named Saba. Saba taps into the music of the horn of Africa. But as The World's Marco Werman explains, one geographic location doesn't fully reflect Saba's own story.

Zimbabwe's collapsing reality

Correspondent Laura Lynch went undercover into Zimbabwe to find out why so many people in that African nation are so desperate; Zimbabwe suffers from an economy on the brink of collapse and from repression under President Robert Mugabe.

The end of the plastic bag?

The plastic shopping bag is a major shopping convenience, but it's also a major environmental blight, and some countries, like Australia and China, plan to phase out the use of the bags completely

Troubles in Kenya continue

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with reporter David McGuffin for the latest on the turmoil in Kenya following last month's disputed election, as protests continued into a second day today and police are cracking down hard.

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Global Hit Siba

The World's William Troop tells us about a musician from Brazil named Siba. He specializes in a kind of poetic street music that is popular in Brazil's northeastern corner. This is not samba, or bossa nova.

Violence in parts of Kenya

The violence in Kenya today was especially fierce in the western town of Kisumu, and Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with long-time Kisumu resident Eden Grace.

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Lifestyle & Belief

These Kenyan widows are fighting against sexual 'cleansing'

In some rural parts of Kenya, widowhood means you’re of little value. Culturally, widows are considered impure, and tradition dictates that they must be cleaned — or “cleansed” — of their partners’ death. The aim is to chase away the demons; the ritual requires women to have sex — either with a relative or stranger.

World hunger is on the rise again, and climate change is a culprit

Some 821 million people now face food insecurity, raising numbers to the same level as almost a decade ago. The situation is worsening in South America, Central Asia and most regions of Africa, according to the UN's annual food security report. A resurgence in the use of "cover crop" and nanotechnologies may mitigate climate change impacts.